Not confined to just £500 jackpots and online slot machines, Rainbow Riches extends to the bingo arena with the fabulously enjoyable Rainbow Riches Extra Ball Bingo, the £3000 jackpot bingo game.
For those familiar with bingo, Rainbow Riches Extra Ball Bingo will not take much of a learning curve, but many slot fans who enjoy the Rainbow Riches theme may be a little confused when first playing the game.
Like the majority of Rainbow Riches games, Extra Ball Bingo displays its progressive pots for all to see. What you will see here however are some very large, and very enticing values. The gold pot will show values greater than £2000, the silver pot is often around the £1000 mark, with bronze along the lines of £300, and with stakes from as low as 20p, the potential for profit is huge.
The minimum stake per game is 20p, with a fixed four bingo cards in action for every game. You can change the numbers on all cards by the simple press of a button on the lower game panel. Changing the numbers will randomly select a different combination of the 60 values, and you can change them as often as you like up until your press start.
Once the game starts, 28 balls will be drawn at random. Every number will be somewhere on one of the four bingo cards, and will automatically be marked off. The winning combinations are displayed at all times above the playing grid, and are the usual four corners, full house, two lines etc.
The 28 balls drawn will cost you 20p, however extra balls may be drawn at a cost from 5p up to £2 (double this for 40p play and double again for 80p play.). The extra ball bonus will activate when there is a medium to large winning combination one ball away on any of the four cards. In reality, this means the extra ball bonus will be available around 70% of the time.
A maximum of 12 extra balls can be drawn, with the price of each extra ball dependent on the possible value of the size of the potential win. If you are playing at 20p per card, the maximum cost per extra ball will be £2. For 40p it will be £4 and for 80p play it will be a hefty £8. Remember, this is for the current game, and is potentially per ball so expect some heavy costs involved.
Each extra ball will find its place on one of your four cards, and are all randomly selected. There is also a very rare ‘free ball’ bonus, whereby the extra balls are free. You’ll usually get around five of these, so that can reduce the cost per game if offered.
The potential prize values are displayed clearly on the top screen, and all prizes increase in proportion to the stake you are playing. Excluding the Pots of Gold bonus, the maximum prize for a single pattern on 20p play is £37.50 per card, this doubles to £75 at 40p per play and £150 if playing at 80p per game. These prizes are of course good, but what you are really playing for is the Pots of Gold bonus, awarded from a full house.
The Pots of Gold bonus is a rotating selection of twelve prizes, nine of which are fixed cash values and three of which are one of the progressive pots; gold, silver and bronze.
All of the cash values increase in proportion to the stake you are playing at, however the progressive pots remain the same value.
I’m unable to confirm whether you have an equal chance of winning a progressive pot as you do any of the other displayed cash values, or whether your odds increase when playing at higher stakes. If it is true odds, you will have a 12/1 chance of hitting any of the values once in the pots bonus.
The cost per game appears relatively low, however the costs of the extra balls can add up to significant amounts. You don’t have to purchase the extra balls, however your odds of winning are vastly improved when you buy these extra balls.
You can change the speed of the game, so if you want a more relaxed bingo game, change the settings for a slower paced experience. If you don’t wish to purchase any extra balls, press the collect button on the lower left of the screen to end the game and collect any banked winnings.
Rainbow Riches Extra Ball Bingo is not available to play online, but can be played in many bingo halls across the UK.